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By Frank in Lunenburg, MA on 7/8/2008


Folks,

Have any of you had any experience with Kitchen-in-a-Box from bedrockcreations.net?

They claim to supply "professional-looking" granite countertops for 1/3 the price of slab granite. Any thoughts?

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By Pat in Arnold, CA on 7/8/2008


Wow! That granite looks great and so DIY. I'm going to order a couple of samples. If I can save not having a solid slab, then I'm going to use these people.
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By Pat in Arnold, CA on 7/11/2008


I ordered their samples and received them today. We are very impressed and have requested a quote on the Baltic Brown.
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By Miriam in San Antonio, TX on 7/28/2008


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Do you have an update on price or anything new about this product?

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By Jeff in Hartland, WI on 7/28/2008


I took a look at the site, and it appears that this is just granite tiles with fancy edge pieces. We used 12" soapstone tiles on our existing kitchen, and won't do it again. We found the grout lines to be a hassle to keep clean. This time we'll go with either real granite or (after reading the article I posted in a separate thread) quartz countertops.

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By Pat in Arnold, CA on 7/29/2008


You have to provide the vendor with how many pieces and edges you are needing. We have a huge kitchen and a big 4x5 island, plus a butler pantry and it all came with shipping to $2,756. We are going to use it. We got the samples too, and they are beautiful. We are going with a dark granite with charcoal grout so they won't be noticeable.


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By Frank in Lunenburg, MA on 7/30/2008


Dear Pat,

Could you tell us how many square feet of countertop you have planned, and how many running feet of edge pieces? My wife found this site, but has reservations about the pricing, since the only guideline they give is 1/3 the price of slab granite? We're not yet at the point of having a finished design for the kitchen, and are are looking for "budgetary pricing" to compare to the $110-$150 per square foot that one might expect to pay for granite and/or quartz here in the Northeast. Thanks in advance.

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By Pat in Arnold, CA on 7/30/2008


It comes out to $24.97 sf. We were quoted for 112 sf of tile, 60 edges and three corners. How can you go wrong at that price?

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By Jeff in Hartland, WI on 7/30/2008


If you're okay with tile on the countertops, you might want to consider using granite floor tiles. Take a look at:

builddirect.com

You don't necessarily get the matching edges and corners, but with prices running from $2 to $6 /sq ft, it would certainly be a lot cheaper.

As I said in a previous post, we did the same thing with soapstone tiles in our current kitchen. I laid 12x12 soapstone tiles with a 1/16" grout line, and edged the counters with Brazilian cherry. The cost was less than $1,500 as opposed to $7,000 for soapstone slabs. It looks good, and is very durable -- certainly much more durable than a laminate at a price just a little higher than laminate.

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By Patty in Vero Beach, FL on 9/16/2008


Jeff, How did the soapstone itself hold up? We are considering having soapstone slab installed in our kitchen... I have granite now and I am just tired of it. Would like something a little less shiny... Don't get me wrong everyone, granite is GORGEOUS but I have had it for several years now and it's time for a change. :-)

So, I am evaluating soapstone and slate...

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By Jeff in Hartland, WI on 9/16/2008


Hi Patty,

We won't do soapstone again. It can look good, and it's very dense, but it's also pretty soft. On the positive side, that means if you drop a glass from an upper cabinet on the countertop, the glass may not break. But it may put a 1/4" gouge in the countertop--it happened to us, twice. It scratches very easily. Some people accept the scratches and gouges as "character". We considered them to be scratches and gouges. We lived with it, but we won't do it again.

Naturally, soapstone is kind of a light to medium gray color, with lighter streaks of white running through it (at least, that's how the variety we installed looks). To get the black color that you see all the time, you have to oil the countertops with mineral oil. And you have to do it pretty frequently. Daily for a week, weekly for a month, then about monthly after that. It looks great about a day after you oil it. But as time goes on, the black fades to gray again.

So for what it's worth, that's our experience with soapstone. Since we also don't want a glossy finish on our countertops. So we'll go with a honed finish on the granite. Better for us than scratches, gouges, and mineral oil.

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By Patty in Vero Beach, FL on 9/17/2008


Thanks, Jeff, that is what I was afraid of. The soapstone looks pretty. May look into the honed granite, then! Didn't realize they could make it look matte. Do you know if it costs more for the honed granite than just having it glossy?

Thanks again!

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By Long in Sacramento, CA on 9/17/2008


We're hoping to start our build in Sacramento later this month -- here's what I found for pricing on granite:

1) Home Depot has a $60/sqft on granite slabs installed.

2) A local granite importer has granite slabs (2'x8') with bullnosed edge for $200-$400 (depending on color) that's $12.50-$25/sq ft (you'll have to find an installer).


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